HIDDEN FIGURES

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Theodore Melfi Stars: Taraji P Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monae, Kevin Costner, Jim Parsons, Kirtsen Dunst, Glen Powell, Mahershala Ali, Aldis Hodge, Kimberly Quinn, Olek Krupa, Ken Strunk, Kurt Krause. The Help at NASA? Of all the nine films nominated for Best Film at this year’s Oscars, the inspirational and feel good true life drama Hidden Figures is also the biggest crowd pleaser and the most accessible. Based on Margot Lee Shatterly’s non-fiction book about a trio of African-American women who worked on the NASA Continue reading

MOONLIGHT

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Barry Jenkins Stars: Mahershala Ali, Naomie Harris, Alex Hibbert, Ashton Sanders, Trevante Rhodes, Janelle Monae, Jharrel Jerome, Andre Holland. This moving coming of age story is a powerful portrait of a poor gay African American boy growing up in on the mean streets of a crime ridden neighbourhood of Miami and grappling with his sexuality. The film is set to rewrite some records in Hollywood. In particular, it breaks away from the usual stereotypical portraits and depiction of the experiences of black youth in contemporary America. Continue reading